International Humanitarian City

International Humanitarian City

International Humanitarian City (IHC) is a global humanitarian and aid hub, which aims to facilitate aid and development efforts by providing local and international humanitarian actors with facilities and services specifically designed to meet their needs.

An independent free zone authority created by the Government of Dubai through the merger of Dubai Aid City (DAC) and Dubai Humanitarian City (DHC), IHC consolidates Dubai as an essential link in the humanitarian value chain. Leveraging the proven Dubai free zone model, IHC addresses the specific needs of the humanitarian aid and development community, while grouping them in a secure environment that fosters partnerships, social responsibility and global change.

At the same time, IHC offers commercial companies the opportunity to operate from a highly strategic location in a free zone environment that is adapted to their particular industry, while benefiting from attractive incentives and an array of value-added services.

IHC believes that humanitarian operations will benefit from the integration of commercial suppliers of goods and services. By co-locating, nonprofit and commercial entities will be encouraged to share best practices to increase their operational efficiencies and improve institutional learning.

IHC is a non-religious, non-political and nonprofit organisation, chaired by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai.

; What makes the IHC offer unique?

* A community of local and international humanitarian nonprofits and commercial suppliers
* A fully integrated one-stop-shop, with access to procurers, suppliers and business partners and fast multi-modal logistics capabilities
* Office, warehousing and meeting facilities
* A comprehensive set of value-added services
* Increased visibility and networking opportunities
* A platform for humanitarian information and knowledge exchange
* A socially responsible operating environment
* Facilitated access to job seekers, volunteers and CSR endeavours

* A crossroad between East, West, North and South
* Rapid disaster response: 7 hours maximum flight time to major crisis-prone areas
* 10 minute sea-to-air logistics capabilities
* Superb airport and seaport infrastructure
* Dubai’s economic momentum, political stability and governmental support
* Minimal red tape
* Competitive fee structures
* A cosmopolitan and attractive living environment
* Stable local currency
* Free zone benefits: 100% foreign ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, 100% exemption of import and export duties

Services and facilities


IHC provides its member organisations with a range of specialised services to facilitate their operations out of Dubai:

* Facilities Management : Maintenance & security

* Governmental Services : Registration, licensing, leasing & visa services
* Recruitment e-Portal : Access to online CV Database & Job Opening posting system

* Volunteer e-Portal : Access to online Volunteer Database & Appeal posting system

* Pro Bono e-Portal : Access to online Pro Bono Database

* Donor Assistance : One-to-one donor/project matching services

* Events e-Portal : Providing members’ events with enhanced visibility

* Press Office : Promoting members' latest news and happenings


IHC operates out of its premises in central Dubai. The secure compound is designed to meet the specific needs of IHC members, and includes:

* Office space : 4 office buildings
* Warehouses : 21,000 sqm of warehouses
* Auditorium : 50 seats, stage, speaker podium and full A/V equipment

* Meeting rooms

* Cafeteria

Relocation plan:

IHC is expanding to a bigger land to meet the rapidly growing demand of the humanitarian community. The new location will be strategically co-located with the new Jebel Ali International Airport and only 10 minutes from the Jebel Ali Seaport, and will feature a comprehensive set of facility options at competitive rates.


IHC brings together humanitarian nonprofit organisations and commercial entities in an environment that fosters effective partnerships and social responsibility, while offering clear legal and physical zoning partitions between commercials and non-commercials in the spirit of security and transparency.

Nonprofit organisations:

* United Nations agencies
* Specialised agencies
* Non-Governmental Organisations

* Charities
* Foundations
* News, research and educational institutions

Commercial companies:

* Manufacturers and suppliers of aid related goods e.g. shelters, medical equipment, food items, vehicles, etc.

* Service providers e.g. logistics, security, maintenance, consulting, etc.

More than 55 humanitarian organisations and commercial companies are currently registered with IHC.

External links

* [ IHC official website.]

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